sity of Louisiana! /'
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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66
Northwestern State University
I hope that the new year is off to a good start for each of you. So
far. 2004 has been an exciting year at Northwestern. The university set
another enrollment record in the spring semester and interest among
prospective students is high. Attendance at our recent recruiting event for students who will
graduate in 2005 increased by 35 percent, which is a positive sign that these students are
aware of what is available for them at NSU.
In addition to developing strong academic programs. Northwestern has an obligation
to reach out to surrounding communities to assist in economic development and improve
the quality of life.
The Small Business Development Center at Northwestern works closely with
businesspeople and entrepreneurs in several area parishes to develop business plans and
obtain needed capital to start businesses and help them grow. Last year, the SBDC assisted
entrepreneurs and small businesses in Central Louisiana in securing more than $22 million
in capitalization. The Center also played a role in a recent Rural Economic Development
conference which brought several hundred elected officials along with chamber of
commerce and business representatives to NSU.
Northwestern strives to work with area teachers and school systems. The university
encourages its faculty to pass along their expertise to elementary and secondary teachers.
Through its affiliation with the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program, math and science
teachers have learned innovative methods to reach their students more effectively.
The university also recently learned it has been selected as a host for the National
Writing Project, a network of university-school collaborations designed to improve student
achievement by working with teachers at all grade levels and all disciplines.
Northwestern is also using its expertise to help capable high school students get an
early start on their college education. The STEP UP Program gives qualified high school
students the opportunity to take NSU classes at their high school during the school day. Last
fall. 85 students around Louisiana earned credit at NSU through this program. The Space
Science Group has developed a popular CD to help students improve scores on the LEAP
Your university is working hard each day to improve the lives of all the people it
Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91
Director Alumni and Development
Fellow Alumni and Friends:
In reviewing the career profession list of NSU alumni. I have
realized that Northwestern graduates are involved in almost every
aspect of our daily lives. Naturally, having been established as a
"teachers' college", we might immediately think of the many educators
that NSU has produced. Of course, we have alumni working at all levels of education. pre-K
through higher education, and our alumni have made a tremendous impact in this field.
But. as I communicate with many NSU alumni. I am continually impressed with the
diversity of professions of our alumni family. Think about your former classmates and the
jobs that they hold. Our alumni work in the fields of accounting, administration, banking,
construction, criminal justice, investments, aviation, business, computers, communications,
medical/health related, education, engineering, entertainment, legal, insurance, journalism,
marketing, military, ministry, nursing, research, sales, social work, travel and many others.
In this issue we highlight a few of our graduates in the restaurant industry. In
Louisiana, it is often said that if we are not eating a meal, we are planning our next one. I
hope that you enjoy a clo.ser insight to a few NSU alumni that have made a name for
themselves in this field.
Of course, when many of our alumni read this article and think of their classmates then
there is one other career goal that many of our graduates can now claim, and one that many
of us aspire, and that is RETIREMENT. . .
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NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS
President Dr. B.L. Shaw
Shreveport, 1955, 1960
Vice President Jimmy Williams
Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sawrie
Executive Director. Dr. Chris Maggio
Natchitoches, 1985, 1991
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992
Dane Broussard Houston.Texas, 1986
Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971
Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969
Joe Cunningham, Jr Natchitoches, 1984
Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975
Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989
Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998
MattKoury Leesville, 1995
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970
David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973
K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972
Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Rick Walmsley Covington, 1985
Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986
J. Michael Wilbum Shreveport, 1975
Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993
Greg Comeaux Lafayette
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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097:
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac-
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ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro-
grams, activities or employment practices.
NSU Alumni share their love for food
North western's alumni have proven successful in all career fields
and areas of life. But one particular group of alumni is serving
their communities in an entirely unique way, with food.
Six of our many alumni in the restaurant business share how they
are making it in the most delicious industry.
Superior Bar and Grill and
College buddies and former
roommates Phil Barbaree and Bobby
KIrchoff have formed a successful chain
in the South. They opened their first
restaurant, Superior Bar and Grill, in
1983 in Shreveport. They opened
subsequent restaurants in Baton Rouge in
1991, in Birmingham in 1995 and finally
in New Orleans in 1998. Just last year
Superior Steakhouse was opened, also in
Barbaree and Kirchoff 's friendship,
which began while in college, has
certainly paid off. These fraternity
brothers have had other businesses
together but find that the relationships
they built in college have helped make
their restaurants successful.
"Northwestern played a big part in
our success because of the contacts we
made," said Barbaree, a 1976 graduate
and member of the NSU President's
Council. "The people you have around
you in college are important. They stay
"it's the friendship and people you
meet at NSU that make a difference,"
said Kirchoff, also a member of the NSU
President's Council and 1977 graduate.
"Because of our business, we are able to
maintain contact with Northwestern and
its alumni. I am proud of Northwestern
and all it has accomplished. The
university has played a big role in the
success we have had.
You can find out more about each of
the Superior restaurants at
Superior Bar & Grill owners Phil Barbaree ('76) and Bobby Kirchoft ( 77)
Chocolate Molten Souffle from Superior Bar and Grill
3 C granulated sugar
16 large eggs
2 lbs. semi-sweet chocolate
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
3 C all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°.
Melt chocolate over a double boiler and gradually add butter while stirring. Whip sugar
and eggs in a mixing bowl until ribbon-like stage. Slowly add chocolate while continuing
to mix on low. Slowly fold in flour on low mixing speed. Pour into buttered souffle
dishes or parchment-lined spring form pans. Place in oven 11-12 minutes. Serves
Alumni Columns Spring 2004/ I
No one thinks of Natchitoches food
without remembering mouthwatering
meatpies from Lasyone's. Angela Lasyone,
a 1986 graduate, began working in the
family business with her father in 1994.
"I always liked to cook, but our whole
family does it all," said Lasyone. "We do
the ordering, cooking and management.
When I became involved with the business,
I moved it from old school to new by
adding more menu selections and using a
Some things took a while to change. The
restaurant starting taking credit cards just
two years ago. They also have catering
services to the local industries and added a
Despite the new changes, Lasyone's still
has a small-town, family atmosphere in
which you can eat breakfast, lunch or an
The restaurant has gained much publicity
and has been written about in Southern
Living, Gourmet, The New York Times and
the Dallas Morning News. It has also been
featured on Home and Garden Channel and
"The Today Show". It was even the setting
for a Harlequin Romance Novel,"Jodie's
Little Secrets" by Joanna Wayne.
Many of Lasyone's patrons, however,
heard of the restaurant from friends.
"You can spend a lot of money on
advertising, but word of mouth is the best,"
said Lasyone. "One thing I learned from
NSU is where to put money and where not
to put it. It was there that I also learned
about dealing with people and organization
If you are craving a taste of your days in
Natchitoches, you can order meatpies online
at www.lasyones.com . They have shipped
everywhere in the U.S.
Lasyone's Red Beans and Sausage
1 16 ounce dry red kidney beans
1/2 cup vegetable oil or bacon drippings
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
10 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 medium-sized green bell pepper,
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup chopped smoked sausage
Combine beans, oil or bacon dripping,
parsley, water, sugar, salt, seasoned salt, red
pepper, garlic, bell pepper, onion and celery
in a 4 quart stock pot. Cook, uncovered, over
medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add sausage
and cook for an additional 30 minutes or
until beans are tender, adding more water if
needed. Serve with white rice. For additional
sausage, cut smoked sausage into links, pan
fry and place on red beans and rice to serve.
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NSU alumni from Central Louisiana
frequently visit a local favorite, Tunk's
Cypress Inn. Jimbo and Sandy Thiels,
1973 graduates, are continuing a family
business built by Sandy's father, former
cattleman, E.A. "Tunk" Andries, Jr.
Tunk's laid-back atmosphere and
beautiful Kincaid Lake scenery bring
people back again and again. Many NSU
graduates return every year for the
annual alumni reception in November.
"Our hospitality, family atmosphere
and friendly staff are important," said
Jimbo Thiels. "We make sure to serve
good, consistent, high quality foods."
Jimbo Thiels credits his college
education for contributing to the
development of those skills.
"The college experience is not so
much curriculum, but the relationships
you develop with the people around
you," he said. "Communication skills
make you a well-rounded person."
You can find out more about the
history of Tunk's Cypress Inn as well as
view photos and menus at
Snapper Sandy from Ttink's Cypress Inn
Basic Cheese Sauce:
1 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. flour
1/3 cup Half and Half
1/2 cup Velveeta® or cheddar cheese
Heat butter to 350°. add flour and whisk to blend. Stir until flour taste is gone but do not
brown. Add Half and Half slowly while stirring. Cook a few minutes to get a smooth
consistency. Blend in 1/2 cup shredded Velveeta® or other cheese. Set aside.
Butter and season two snapper fillets. Place skin side down in a paper bag. Place cooked
crawfish tails, cooked shrimp, lump crabmeat on top of fillets. Spoon cream sauce over
contents of bag. Sprinkle with a few chopped green onion tops. Close bag. Place on a
metal pan and slide into preheated 400 ° oven. Cook for 20 minutes until fish is done.
Cut away top of bag and serve.
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Gerald Savoie's Restaurant
Gerald Savoie, 1977 graduate, had a slightly different
business venture in mind when he came into the restaurant
industry in 1982.
"My intention was to be a large seafood market with a small
restaurant," he said. "But I ended up being a large restaurant with
a small seafood market."
Savoie was one of the first people in North Louisiana to serve
boiled crawfish. His main business focused on boiled seafood
including crawfish, shrimp and crab. In his first year, he sold
50,000 pounds of crawfish. The next year he tripled his business.
Now he sells between 300,000 to 400,000 pounds every year.
In 1983, Savoie and his partner branched out to catering and
made it a separate business in 1990. He bought out his partner in
Savoie learned the restaurant lifestyle while playing football
"In this business you have to work long hours," he said. "You
have to be working while other people are out having fun, like on
Friday nights. It was the same in sports. When everyone was
having fun going to pep rallies, we had to meet curfew and be at
home waiting for the game."
Savoie hosts an annual Shreveport alumni reception and is a
contributor to NSU Athletics.
For information on Savoie's Catering and Gerald Savoie's
Restaurant go to www.geraldsavoie.com .
Other NSU Alumni restaurant owners
Crawfish Etouffee from Savoie's Catering
I bell pepper
2 stalk of celery
2 lbs. crawfish tails
8 oz. cornstarch
1/2 lb. margarine
salt (to ta.ste)
black pepper (to taste)
red pepper (to taste)
granulated garlic (to taste)
First chop vegetables and saute in margarine.
Next, add crawfish tails and rinse bag to get
fat and flavor out. Add seasonings to taste
and a quart of water. Bring to a boil. Using a
pint of cold tap water, mix in cornstarch in
separate container. Turn off heat and
continue stirring continuously adding corn
starch and water mixture until it's the
consistency you desire, thin or thick. Process
should take about 20-25 minutes and will
feed between 6 to 8 guests.
Cotton Patch & Magees
George and Coneil ('61 )
William Carnahan ('83)
Crawfish Hole II
Lawrence "Bush" Carnahan
Dine for Two
Ryan Glorioso ('03)
Johnny ('68) and Merle
Dudley Lang ('74)
J & T's CrawHsh Shak
James Shapkol'f('91), Tony
Shapkofl'('98) and Jason
Louisiana National Guard
Food Service Program
Johnny and Rose Cox &
Johnny Cox (-93)
Donald Horton ('67)
and Len McCain ('73)
Casey Hendricks ('98)
and Terry Wright
Papa's Bar and Grill
Clay ('88)and Jana
Tony McDonald ('96)
Frankie ('68) and
The Wooden Spoon
Henry L. Burns ('70)
C.B. Morrison ('611
Bobby Shields ('74)
This is a small
representation of the
variety of restaurants
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NSU enrollment sets record
increased by 154 students
for the spring 2004
semester as a record
9,881 students registered for classes.
Last spring's enrollment was 9.727.
The biggest increase in enrollment
was at off campus sites and by electronic
delivery. This semester, 1,728 students
took classes at other sites compared to
1,560 last spring.
"The increase in enrollment is a
positive sign for the university," said
Northwestern president Dr. Randall J.
Webb. "This shows our efforts to attract
and retain better students are successful.
Because of new admissions standards
which take effect in the fall of 2005. we
expect the period ahead to be
challenging. But those challenges should
make Northwestern a better university."
The university hosted its first
Fulbright Scholar in Residence during
the fall. Italian archeologist Dr. Vincenzo
Di Giovanni was at NSU through
December and will spend the spring at
the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Di Giovanni is co-director of New
Archeology, a cooperative of
professional archeologists who excavate
sites in Campania, in south central Italy
where Naples is the principal modem
'This prestigious opportunity was
beneficial for our students and was a
reflection on the quality of our academic
programs," said Webb. "The recognition
we received was valuable and will help
us obtain similar opportunities in the
Northwestern was the first public
college or university to receive 100
percent accreditation of eligible
academic programs and each program
continues to work to meet the highest
standards, Webb said. Recently, the
ROTC program at NSU was ranked
among the top 10 percent in the nation in
annual rankings by the U.S. Army Cadet
Morrison Hall, Louisiana Scholars" College
Webb said Northwestern 's efforts to
reach out to surrounding communities
are helping the university. NSU's Small
Business Development Center is having
a positive impact on the area's economy.
SBDC staff assisted entrepreneurs and
small businesses in Central Louisiana
secure more than S22 million in
capitalization during the past year.
"Part of Northwestem's mission is
to play a role in this region's economic
development." he said. "We want to use
our experts to help area communities
create new jobs and become more
Northwestern hosted the first
Louisiana Rural Economic Development
Conference Feb. 9-11.
A long-awaited project should be
completed this fall when construction is
completed on the $6.9 million Wellness.
Recreation and Activity Center in the
heart of the NSU campus. The Center
should be a tremendous asset to
Northwestern and should aid the
university in attracting students.
Northwestern is also seeking capital
outlay funds for the renovation of
Williamson Hall and Caspari Hall which
would provide the university with new
uses for two important campus buildings.
Wellness. Recreation and Activity Center
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NCAA gives 'fully certified' seal of approval
to NSU athletic program
Northwestern State has received the highest possible
rating, "fully certified," from the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, affirming that Northwestern operates its athletic
program in substantial conformity with operating principles
adopted by the NCAA Division I membership.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics
Certification made the announcement following an extensive
yearlong "second cycle" review of Northwestern's athletic
program. Certification is the NCAA's equivalent to academic
accreditation, designed to ensure integrity in the institution's
athletic program and to assist institutions in improving their
NCAA legislation mandating athletic certification was
adopted in 1993. Northwestern received full certification in its
initial review by the NCAA in May 1996.
"We're extremely proud that our athletic program once
again has been fully certified. After experts from the NCAA
thoroughly reviewed the yearlong self-study that was carefully
prepared by a team of dedicated university personnel, this
unconditional certification is the definitive seal of approval for
the way we operate in athletics at Northwestern State
University," said university president Dr. Randall J. Webb. "It
reflects our continuing commitment to excellence and integrity
in every aspect of our university community and goes hand-in-
hand with our 1 00
percent accreditation of
our eligible academic
Greg Burke, director of
athletics at Northwestern since August of 1996, called the
announcement "a proud achievement" for Northwestern's
"This official approval by the NCAA represents a
dedicated level of commitment by the University and the
athletic department to have a program which enjoys a high
level of success at the Division 1 level while also meeting and
exceeding operating principles which are paramount to
operating an athletic program in an efficient and productive
manner," he said.
"Successfully completing the NCAA certification process
reflects a high level of commitment by many individuals dating
back to October of 200 1 when the initial orientation meeting was
held. The co-chairs — Dr Patrice Moulton and Dr Chris Maggio
— along with the sub-committee chairs and members, as well as
the staff, coaches, and student-athletes within the athletic
department are all to be commended. Also noteworthy is the
sincere level of interest and support the athletic program receives
from the University administration on an ongoing basis."
Jason Tinsley to
head UNCP men's
Jason Tinsley has been
appointed head coach of the
University of North Carolina at
Pembroke men's basketball
program. Tinsley was an
assistant coach with NSU from
1996-1999. He graduated with
a bachelor's in 1989 and with
his master's in 1997.
Chris Roper Memorial
In honor of the top golfer on the 1981 Northwestern
State University Demon Squad, the 22nd Annual Chris
Roper Memorial Golf Tournament is being held on
Saturday, April 24 at the Robert W. Wilson Recreation
Complex located on the campus of NSU.
Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. with tee off beginning
at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $45 per player and cart rental is $7.50
per player. Participants may sign up individually or as a
Mulligans are $2 and they are unlimited. Mulligans can
be purchased in the Pro Shop prior to the tournament.
Prizes will awarded for first, second and third place teams.
The tournament is a four-man scramble. Other events
hosted include the Closest to the Hole contest and the Long
Roper was killed in a traffic accident over the
Christmas holidays in 1982. He was a native of Camden,
Arkansas and was a member of the Trans-American All
Conference team placing ninth in the League Tournament.
For more information on the tournament, please call
Hall Adams at (318) 357-3207 or email Cindy Davis at
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Student athletes reach a new high in academic acheivements
ith 16 student-athletes
carrying perfect 4.0 grade
Northwestern State had 1 35 competitors
qualify for the fall semester honor roll
by posting averages of 3.0 or better in
their studies, reaching a new high in
academic achievement for the athletic
One of those honor roll students,
sophomore linebacker Paul Mefford. made
100 tackles this season while carrying a
3.91 grade point average in business
administration. He was voted Southland
Conference Student- Athlete of the Year on
the SLC All-Academic Football
Team chosen by coaches, academic
advisors and sports information
directors around the league.
Julie Lessiter, the academic
advisor for athletics, said Mefford
was among 30 Demon football
players to make NSU's fall
academic honor roll. The 1 35
student-athletes earning the
distinction included 24 from the
track and field program, 23 from
the baseball team, 1 8 soccer
student-athletes, 16 softball players
and 10 women's basketball players.
Among the 16 student-athletes
with perfect 4.0 averages last
semester, five were track and field
competitors: Jessica Craig, Dani
Moss, Carrie Norton, Abby
Salomon and Angel Villa. Three
more — Magali Van Den Bergh,
Alex Nieto and Camila Prado —
are Lady Demon tennis players. Jill
Lowe and Stacy Miller represented
the women's soccer team in the
elite group. Pitcher Casey Johnson
of the baseball team also posted a
4.0 in the fall.
Also earning 4.0 averages
were two volleyball players, Isabella
Duarte and Cathy Herring, along with
Nicole McGuirk and Lyndsey Gorski of
the Softball team and Josh Storrs from the
"We're exU'emely proud of the
academic perfonnance of our student-
athletes, especially these 1 35 who have
made the honor roll," said Lessiter. 'To be
a successful student-athlete at the Division
I level, you've got to have self-disclipline.
be highly motivated and have excellent
time management skills. The challenges
that every student faces academically
represent the most important part, but only
part, of the workload these young people
encounter each and every day. They have
practices, offseason workouts, road trips,
games, and other responsibilities to handle
in addition to their academics, and to see
how hard they work at it is inspiring.
"1 believe a large portion of our
student-athletes come here with the right
approach and I know that our coaches
provide them with the motivation and the
opportunity to succeed academically and to
ultimately earn degrees," said Lessiter
generosity of our supporters,
we^ve been able to provide
them with a top-flight study
environment at the Johnnie
Emmons Academic Center
where we have computers
and tutors and meeting
rooms to provide assistance
as necessary. Our faculty is
extremely supportive of all
students and works with the
student-athletes to help
them achieve the balance
necessary to succeed in the
classroom while competing
"It's a great environment for our
players to prosper academically and that is
demonstrated in the record number of
people on the honor roll and in our
continually growing list of graduates."
Two-time NCAA women's basketball
assists queen La'Terrica Dobin, football All-
Americans Roy Locks and Ahmad Willis,
and minor league baseball players Tyler
Durham, Carl Makowsky and Ricky Solis
were among 24 student-athletes receiving
undergraduate degrees at Northwestem's
Fall 2003 commencement exercises.
Also earning his diploma by
completing classwork online was 1 994
Southland Conference basketball "Player of
the Year" Eric Kubel, who played
professionally overseas since leaving
Two of the student-athletes, soccer's
Jill Lowe and distance runner Carrie Norton
of the track and field team, ranked among
the top 30 suidents in the record class of 826
graduates receiving degrees in December
Lowe and Norton each graduated magna
cum laude with grade point averages
between 3.7 and 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
On track to match that lofty
accomplishment, Mefford was the
SLC's only first-team Academic
All-District VI selection, becoming
one of 24 Division I linebackers to
appear on the Academic All-
America ballot this fall. The native
of Kingwood, Texas, was the
second-leading tackier for the
nation's No. 9-ranked team in total
defense. He also ranked among
SLC leaders with 1 1 .5 tackles for
lost yardage and 3.5 quarterback
Mefford helped Northwestern
reach the I-AA playofts last season
and were part of a team that was
ranked as highly as No. 1 1 in the I-
AATop 25 during this year.
Mefford won the NSU athletic
department's "Freshman Male
Student- Athlete of the Year" award
last year for having the highest
grade point average by any male
athlete. He is the recipient of the
Charlie Tolar Memorial Scholarship
for academic and athletic
Mefford was the only Division
I-AA player elected to the Academic All-
District VI team, which honored top
scholar-athletes at Division 1 football
programs in Oklahoma, New Mexico,
Texas, Arkansas, Misssissippi and
Louisiana. He joined players from LSU,
Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State,
Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State,
among others, on the first team.
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Thirty-three graduates, three faculty attended the College of Nursing 43'" year
class reunion on September 20-21, 2003.
Reunion committee for
the College of Nursing
43"^ year class reunion
included (front row)
Velda Wade Watson,
Pickett Weldon, Jackie
Naylor Howard, (back
row) Carolyn Barnett
Goldstein Allen Peters
and Kay Bryant Allen.
'^^^;r NSU alumni Nick Darbonne ('02) Mark
.^-'4^-, % Deshotel ('99) and Chad Givens ('00 &
'01) attended the Alumni Recruiting
Reception in Lafayette.
.^',. . Dickey ('90) and Valerie ('93)
\t < ' Marze hosted the Alumni Recruiting
Jr' . Reception in Lafayette this spring.
New Orleans Alumni
Edie Sirmon and Johnny Carmouche shared their love for
Northwestern with prospective students during the New
Orleans alumni and recruiting reception hosted by
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Dan ('57) and Lilly Chase opened their
home for the annual alumni reception in
June Boucher ('42) and Pauline Jobe
('42) caught up with each other at the
Baton Rouge alumni reception held at
Jason St. Germain ('03), Lindsey Wright Wilson
('01), Cory Wilson ('01), Richard Armstrong ('01)
and Jourdan Raacke (02) reunited during the
Baton Rouge alumni reception this spring.
Kenny Guillot ('67) received the"'N"th
Degree from President Randall Webb
during the Baton Rouge alumni
reception held at Mike Anderson's.
Baton Rouge alumni gathered at the home of Dan and
Ricky ('85) and Julie Messina ('89) Walmsley
once again opened their home to prospective
students in Covington.
Adam Bird ('94), Tommy Moore ('87)
and Louis Robinett (89) attended the
alumni reception in conjunction with
the Texas Music Educators
Alumni Reception /
Texas Music Educators
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Fifty years after graduating from Northwestern, the
Class of 1954 will gather at their alma mater to
reminisce about the good times and good friendships
bonded during their colleg
e career. They are getting
ready to reunite with old friends and classmates for the
Golden Jubliee to commemorate the 50-year mark of
receiving their diploma on
Members of the class
will enjoy lunch and a bus
tour of the city and before the 3 p.m. commencement
exercises where each member of the class of 1954 will
again make the commencement walk to receive their
On Saturday, members of the Class of 1954 will be
inducted in the "50-Plus Club," as part of the group's
annual luncheon. The luncheon will be held in the
Friedman Student Union ballroom.
Cost for the entire weekend is $25.00 per person or
$50.00 per couple.
For more information
contact the Alumni Center at
318-4414 or 1-888-799-6486 or by email at
Norsworthy. Marjorie Ann
Basco, Larry C.
Olson, Norman W.
Berlin, Rudy C.
Parker, Ethel Tullos
Bush, Willard Dolford
Parker, Margaret Holmes
Parsons, Lona Claire
Cooper, Maxie Arrant
Perry, Helen May
Perry, Marie 0. Mullins
Crow, Angie P.
Poole, Virginia C.
Curran, Donna Allen
Pryor, Mabel F.
Daniel, Mary Kathryn
Pugh, Wilburn G.
DeLoach, Lorelle Melton
Rogers, Billie Hatcher
Dupree, Lillias L.
Royston, Frances La Verne
Durham, Robert L.
Santisteban, Elaine Holley
Engelhardt, John W.
Schmidt, Peggy Jo Taylor
Fleming, Myron Jacob
Schmidt, William Clayton
Gallagher. Sam H.
Garrett, Doris Madalyn Brown
Simmons, Geraldine Faye
Guynes, Jocelyn Townsend
Singletary, Virginia Marjorie
Guzman, Doris Simon
Smith, Bessie Matthew
Hays, Elnia B.
Smith, Gloria N.
Smith, Mary Lee Stewart
Hendrix, Eleanor B.
Snoddy, Marilyn L.
Honeycutt. Julia Marion
Stephens, Mildred Middleton
Hyams, Louis Fairriere, Jr
Irby, Dorothy Willard
Sturdivant, Nancy Mae
Jacobs, Helen Lois
Sutherlin, Robert J.
Toms, Doris M.
Juneau, Rodney L.
Tucker, Mary Elizabeth
Kendrick, David Beard
Velez, Pedro A.
Kimball, Beverly VoUman
Vercher, Robert Adrian
Lampin, Ruby Othell
Vidmar, Alice 0.
Lyle, Henry P
Wetzel, Nihla Ann
Lyons, Patrick H., Jr.
Whitehead, Josie Mavis
Martin, Elmer Ray
Wiggins, H. Carlyle
Matthews, Clara H.
Williams, Charles O.
McGinty, Lennie Virl
Williams, Clifford Wilson
McLain. Frances Emeline
Williams, William Ray
McWilliams, Ina Joan
Wood, Catherine Ann
Neal, Eillie Ruth
Wright, Martha Louise
Strong belief in education keeps
Chases giving back to Northwestern
To Lilly and Dan Chase, supporting Northwestern State
University is their way of "trying to do a little good." The Chases
recently made a donation of $60,000 to the NSU Foundation to set
up the Dan and Lilly Chase and daughters Marty Causey and Lisa
Chase Endowed Professorship in the College of Education.
Dan Chase, who is from Baton Rouge, is a 1957 graduate of
Northwestern. He lettered in football at Northwestern. Dan Chase
has served as a member of the NSU Foundation Board of
Directors and is a member of the NSU President's Council and the
Select 100. The Chases have also supported the university by
frequently hosting alumni meetings and other Northwestern
recruitment events at their home.
"1 love Northwestern. It gave me a great education," said Dan
Chase, a retired educator, who is now chairman and chief
executive officer of Dan Chase Taxidermy Supply Co. Inc. "The
university helped give me a good philosophy of life and it was
there that I met my wife Lilly, who I have been married to for 48
The donation will be matched with $40,000 from the Board of
Regents' Support Fund to create a $100,000 endowed
professorship. Interest generated by the endowment will fund
faculty research and development along with needed equipment.
"I decided that Northwestern needs help in the academic field
and money plays a part in that," said Chase. "This will help faculty
get materials, travel and do research. Publishing papers takes
Cha.se has two daughters who are currently in graduate
school working toward master's degrees in education. Both started
college as non-traditional students.
"1 believe in education," said Chase. "I know that somewhere
down the line, this professorship will help someone in the field."
Several years ago. Chase made a $100,000 donation to the
NSU Athletic Association to set up a fully endowed scholarship
for a student-athlete in any sport at Northwestern.
"When I was in college, I had an athletic scholarship that
covered all my costs. I never thought about money," he said. "I
thought it would be good to 'pay back' my scholarship."
The endowed professorship will be the third created in
NSU's College of Education.
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ready to kickoff
This spring marks the public phase
of Northwestern State University's
first capital campaign. This event will
be celebrated with an Inauguration
hosted by President and Mrs. Randall
J. Webb and the NSU Office of Alumni
and Development on Saturday, May 15
at the NSU President's Residence.
"This is the kickoff of the public
phase of our first ever capital
campaign," said Director of
Development and Alumni Affairs
Chris Maggio. "We have already raised
over $ 1 2 million of our $ 1 8.84 million
dollar goal. The focus of our
fundraising is to help endow chairs,
professorships and scholarships."
The proceeds of the Inauguration
will establish an endowed scholarship.
Cost of the coat and tie event is $60
per person. For more information
contact Kelly Kay at (318) 357-4248
Alumni Set Up Endowed
Professorship in Math
Ellis Coutee and his wife, Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee
are strong believers in giving back to their alma mater.
Northwestern State University.
The Coutees of Baton Rouge have established two
endowed scholarships and have continued their generosity with
a gift to the NSU Foundation to set up the Ellis Coutee and
Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee Endowed Professorship in
Mathematics. The professorship will be set up over three years
with gifts from the Coutees and matching gifts from the
ExxonMobil Foundation. The $60,000 gift will be matched
with $40,000 from the Board of Regents Support Fund to
create a $100,000 endowed professorship. This endowed
be the 23rd at NSU
and the first in
"We hope this
action will whet the
appetite of other
alumni and cause
them to take a
second look at their
giving," said Ellis
Coutee. "We hope
the students and
benefit from this professorship. Northwestern gave each of us
what we needed when we needed it. Northwestern was the
springboard to success."
A portion of the interest generated by the endowment each
year will be used to fund classroom instruction, faculty
research, purchase needed software and hardware and cover
needed travel to professional conferences. The remaining
portion will be used to build up the endowment.
"The Department of Mathematics is honored and delighted
by the generosity of Ellis and Melva Coutee," said Dr. Frank
Serio, head of the Department of Mathematics. "This first
endowed professorship in mathematics will strengthen our
program through expanded research and travel opportunities.
Since faculty-student collaboration is an integral part of our
mathematics curriculum, this gift will also enhance the
educational experience of all our students."
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee are both
Northwestern alumni. Ellis Coutee, a 1960 graduate in
accounting, is a native of Alexandria. While a student, he was a
member of the honorary business fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity, the Newman Club and was on the Interfraternity
Council for two years. Ellis Coutee is a former senior revenue
agent and life insurance specialist with the U.S. Department of
the Treasury. He is in the consulting business with Coutee and
Coutee Tax Consultants.
Ellis (60) and Juanita ('58 & 60) Coutee were
recognized for their generosity by President Randall
Webb during the Baton Rouge alumni reception.
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After winning re-election last
fall, State Rep. Joe Salter
knew he would be busy for the
next four years. He had no idea about
the challenges that would face him.
Salter, a 1 965 graduate of
Northwestern in eiucation. was chosen by
his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the
Louisiana House of Representatives in
January. As speaker. Salter's duties
include overseeing operations of the
105-member Louisiana House of
Representatives, making committee
assignments, presiding over the House
and ser\'ing on various boards and
Salter admits he was surprised when
newly elected Gov. Kathleen Blanco
contacted him as he was returning from a
conference in South Carolina and asked
him to seek the position.
"I had never given any thought to
being speaker,'" said Salter, who is from
Florien. "After talking with my family
and praying about it. I told her I would
toss my hat in the ring."
An educator for 33 years. Salter has
been a member of the Legislature since
1986. He also received a master's at
Northwestern in education and did
additional postgraduate work. His wife,
the former Bettye Lilly, is a 1965 graduate
of Northwestern in education. She is a
Salter represents Sabine and Red
River parishes along with part of DeSoto
and Vernon parishes. In his opinion, his
past experiences and service in the House
will help him be an effective leader.
"I have been working with the public
all of my life, so I have had experience at
working to bring people together to reach
a consensus," said Salter. "It is easier to
get things accompli.shed when people
work together. I have always tried to work
hard and convince people to do their jobs
and do the right thing."
Salter knows that reaching a
consensus on some important issues will
be difficult when dealing a diverse group
of elected officials from a variety of
backgrounds with different political
"I have always tried to treat people
fairly and be tolerant of the opinions of
others," he said. "I know people have
differing opinions and have respected
those. It's good that the Legislature isn't
organized along party lines, so legislators
with good ideas are heard."
Since being elected as speaker.
Salter spends more time doing media
interviews and his comments carry extra
weight. He has also been the subject of
positive stories in newspapers around
"I guess I am not really conscious of
that," said Salter. "It has been good to
read some of the nice things people have
said about me.
Making the decision to attend
Northwestern was easy for Salter, who
grew up in Sabine Parish.
"It was close to home and most of
my friends were attending Northwestern."
said Salter, who was a member of Blue
Key while an undergraduate. "Going to
Northwestern was a great experience for
me. I met a lot of great people and had
some wonderful instructors, who prepared
me to go into the field of education.
"Northwestern wasn't too large and
the classes weren't too large. The
instructors had a connection with the
students. They took time to get to know
Salter was a teacher, principal and
assistant superintendent in the Sabine
Parish school system.
Because of term limits, Salter is in
his last term in the House. He plans to
work with Blanco to improve education
and health care and develop new jobs.
NSU isn't in Salter's district, but he
knows how important the university is to
north and central Louisiana.
"Northwestern has been a big help
to me," he said. "It has been very
important to Natchitoches and the
"The university has not been getting
its fair share. Because of Northwestem's
growth, it is not where it needs to be
compared to other institutions. I am going
to take every opportunity to voice my
concerns and continue to support
Ora Dell Frazier Zubrod is retired and lives in
Betsy Nina Smith Morris is retired and lives
in Green Bay, Wis.
Audrey Smith Maxwell is retired and lives in
H. Philip Pfost is a retired faculty member
from the University of South Florida, married
and lives in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
MaryAnn Cronin Stephenson is retired,
married and lives in Overland Park, Kan.
Roger Ray Moore is retired, married and lives
in Phenix City, Ala.
Leslie L. Lott retired from Boeing Company
as a procurement agent and lives in
Curtis Joseph Paul is retired, married and
lives in Alexandria.
Wilton Edward Hearron retired from Caddo
Parish School Board as executive director and
is currently superintendent of Calvary Baptist
Academy. He is married to Lucy Hearron
('63) and hves in Shreveport.
Francisco H. "Pancho" Perez is general
counsel for the Louisiana Department of
Health and Hospitals, married and lives in
Ronald P. Roan is a retired AVP and trust
officer from Hibemia National Bank. He is
married to Kathy J. Gaddis Roan ('67) and
lives in Lake Charles.
Bradley John Manuel is a visiting associate
clinical professor at Texas Women's
University College of Nursing, Houston
Dr. Barbara Coatney, former department head
of family and consumer sciences was
awarded Professor Emeritus Status, is
married and lives in Lake Charles.
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Larry W. McKenzie is the owner of
McKenzie's Embroidery, Inc., married and
lives in Monroe.
Sherry Lynn Stricicland Stewart is a biology
instructor at Navarro College. She is married
and lives in Corsicana, Texas.
Carol Ann Chaney Keys is a technical
assistant at NAPCA at EPA in Corvallis, Ore.
and lives in Albany, Ore.
Charles Kelley is a self-employed contractor
and lives in Pineville.
Carol J. Repulski Dahle is the director of
choral activities at Hudson Middle School,
married and lives in Hudson, Wis.
Stephen Wells is a musician and lives in
Ryan Wallis is employed by Abbott, Simses
& Kuchler as a lawyer and lives in New
James Gibbs is employed by the Louisiana
State police in communications, married and
lives in Leesville.
Michael Wayne Cooper is the executive
director of Cedar Lake Bible Conference
Center, married and lives in Cedar Lake, Ind.
Donna M. Kirkland Reed is a chemistry
teacher at Pineville High School, married and
lives in Deville.
Amie Clifford is the assistant director of
national programs for the National College of
District Attorneys and lives in Columbia, S.C.
Terry M. Ruddell is the operations manager
for Baxter Sales and Chem. Station, married
to Becky Guidry ('79) and lives in Longview,
Robbie B. Lee Williams is employed by the
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
Office of Mental health as a mental health
specialist, married and lives in Minden.
Donna Lynn Elliot is employed by the United
States Army as a Ltc. Army Nurse Corps,
married and lives in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Jesus Rodriguez is the export manager for
Los Angeles Supply and lives in Miramar,
Peggy Fitt is a kinesiology instructor at
Wharton County Junior College and lives in
Haywood Joiner is the chairman of the Allied
Health Sciences Department at LSUA,
married and lives in Boyce.
Kerry Colleen Hopes Peterson is a pediatric
nurse practitioner for BCA Medical
Associates, married and lives in Roswell,
Kathryn Jenney Lesko recently garnered four
awards, two on the state level and two on the
national level in marketing excellence
competitions. She is the director of public
relations at Clara Maass Medical Center in
Mandy Jones is employed by Beaumont
Independent School District as a teacher and
lives in Beaumont, Texas.
Renee Richard is a history teacher at McGill
Toolen Catholic High School and lives in
Kenneth Campbell is the minister of music at
Gonzalez Baptist Church, married and lives
in Gonzalez, Fla.
Daniel Anderson is a sales representative for
Bearing Service Supply Inc.. married and
lives in Bossier City.
Dr. Caprice Brown leyoub is employed at
leyoub & Wyble & LLC as an attorney
mediator, married and lives in Baton Rouge.
Toni Angela Distefano Stroud is a
homemaker, married to Michael "Mickey"
Stroud ('87) and lives in Dallas, Texas.
Jeffrey Zeringue is the executive editor for
the Daily Comet, married to Mary Kay
McClung Zeringue ('85) and lives in
Tim Keeley is a district manager for Sherwin
Williams and lives in Greensboro, N.C.
Brad Ferguson is the broker and owner of
Brad Ferguson Real Estate and Ferguson
Ventures. He is married to Amelia Warren
Ferguson ('95) and lives in Natchitoches.
Tricia Benny Castille is a production
specialist for Rhodia and lives in Baton
Joe M. Brister is a component lab supervisor
for American Red Cross and lives in St.
Sandi Polk Morris is employed by Hawaii
Management Alliance in investigations and
lives in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
William P. Johnson is a waterfowl biologist
for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
married and lives in Canyon. Texas.
Melinda Rathburn is a laboratory assistant at
Willis Knighton Medical Center and lives in
Lawrence Earl Johnson is a dealer support
manager for Nissan North America, married
and lives in Flower Mound. Texas.
Estelle Gravois Murr is the chairman of the
dance department at Joshua High School,
married and lives in Fort Worth. Texas.
Tina Foret Bonstaff is a marketing manager
for Ericksen, Krentel & LaPort LLP, and co-
owner of Mike Bonstaff Academy of Tae
Kwon do. She is married and lives in
Harlan Dickson Hughes is a financial advisor
for Morgan Stanley and lives in Shreveport.
Brad Sievers is the owner of Sievers
Holdings Inc., married to Brandie St. Pierre
('95) and lives in Rayne.
Paul Saunders is the owner of Texas
Warehouse Furnishings, and lives in Dallas.
Rebecca Hall Hayes is a computer teacher at
West Wilson Middle School, inarried to Mark
Hayes and lives in Mount Juliet. Tenn.
Richard Allen Brown is a registered nurse at
LSUHSC. married and lives in Bossier City.
Stephanie Annette Richardson Sandwell is a
teacher at Harlingen High School, married
and lives in Harlingen. Texas.
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Class Notes /Profiles.
counsel for the First
Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, and 1976 NSU
graduate, has been named the new
director of legal writing at the
Southern University Law Center.
Stephenson, who has been an
adjunct instructor in the law center's
legal writing lab since January of
2003, began the new position in
March. She is also on tenure track as
an assistant professor of law.
Stephenson is director-at-large
with the Baton Rouge Bar Association,
a member of the association's
Publication Committee, and a member
of the Louisiana State Bar
Association's editorial board of the
Louisiana Bar Journal. Her column
"Gail's Grammar," has been a major
feature in the Baton Rouge Bar
magazine. Around the Bar, since 1994.
"At Northwestern I blossomed
from a shy country girl into a confident
young woman," said Stephenson. "The
liberal arts education I received at NSU
allowed me to compete on an equal
footing with graduates of other
universities, both public and private, in
law school. My professors in political
science, English, and philosophy all
required term papers in their classes,
which was excellent training for all the
writing lawyers have to do."
The Campti native is a 1984
graduate of the LSU Paul Hebert Law
Center, where she was Order of the Coif
and member of the Louisiana Law
Review. She was inducted into the LSU
Law Center Hall of Fame in 1987. She
taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct
instructor from 1997-2001 at LSU.
One of Stephenson's favorite
memories is about an activity that
changed her life.
"I'll always be grateful to Coach
Howell for requiring his Health 102
students to pair up and collect for the
Arthritis Foundation in lieu of taking a
final exam in the fall semester of 1973.
Joe Stephenson and I collected for the
Arthritis Foundation together, dated for
the next three years, and on January 8 of
this year we celebrated our 27th
Joe Stephenson is a 1975 graduate.
Leighton M. Colbert is a United States
probation officer for U.S. District Court,
married and lives in Florissant, Mo.
Kimberly Jean Horton Rich is a registered
nurse at Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital,
married and lives in Bossier City.
Robert Macfarlane Bishop is the general
manager for Berthelot's on the River, married
to Alana Lynn Mack Bishop ('94) and lives in
David A. Goldsmith is employed by Vivid
Entertainment as an actor, married and lives
Kevin Jones is an applications engineer for
Crestron Electronics, married and lives in
Kelle P. Hinson Lyles is a law clerk for the
Ninth Judicial District Court, married and
lives in Bunkie.
Dale Newton Montgomery is employed by
Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office and
Cook Law Firm as an attorney, married and
lives in Bossier City.
Tammy Blankenship Curry is an operator at
International Paper Company in Mansfield,
married and lives in Pleasant Hill.
Sharon Swains O'Neal is the owner of Best
and Swains Insurance Agency, married and
lives in Alexandria.
Brad Thomas Thibodaux is an account
executive and morning show host for
Guaranty Broadcasting of Houma Radio,
married and lives in Houma.
Gavin Vitter is employed by Lewisville
Independent School District as an assistant
band director and lives in Lewisville, Texas.
Brandi Raquel Brumley Skains is a
homemaker, married and lives in Cypress,
Melissa K. Randall is an actress, married and
lives in Glendale, Calif.
Rebecca Eileen Sylvester Funderburk is a
third grade teacher and lives in Opelika, Ala.
James "Jimmy" Robert Miller is a medical
representative for Athlon Pharmaceuticals,
married and lives in Round Rock, Texas.
Theresa Ann Guillory Seaton is a sales
representative for Russell Stover Candies,
married and lives in Pineville.
April Dawn Wilson Allen is a homemaker,
volunteer children's music director at church
and collegiate coordinator for Tri Sigma in
the southeast area, is married and lives in
Chad H. Mills is the minister of students at
Eastwood Baptist Church, married to Angela
Pine-Mills ('00) and lives in Haughton.
David Michael Toledo is an associate
minister of music at First Baptist Church and
lives in Keller, Texas.
David Deggs is an education program
coordinator for the Louisiana Department of
Education and lives in Baton Rouge
Kenny Watts is a computer programmer for
Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance, married
and lives in Baton Rouge.
Julie Christine Bedard Burns is a special
events manager for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation, married and lives in
Robert Dale Landstad is a marketing director
for Delta Medical Consulting, married to
Annie James Landstad ('95) and lives in
Casey Shawn Williams is a doctoral student
at Texas State University department of
Aquatic biology, married to Carla J. Hassan
Williams ('99) and lives in San Marcos,
Sheila Edwards Long is the owner and
director of Sheila Daycare Preschool, married
and lives in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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Branden Johnson is employed by Sabine
Valley Caqjenter as an MH Professional. He
is married to Tabitha Johnigan Johnson ('01)
and lives in Longview, Texas.
Jody A. Gowdy Weierholt is a homemaker,
married to Peder Weierholt ('02), an army
lieutenant, and lives in Fort Riley, Kan.
Christopher Pinder is a recycle & recovery
technician for Weyerhaeuser Industries,
married to Roxie Thompson Pinder ('02) and
lives in Montgomery.
John D. Foster is a claims specialist for
A.I.G., married and lives in Baton Rouge.
Kelly Louise Horton Dunn is an adaptive RE.
teacher for Red River Parish School Board,
married, and lives in Natchitoches.
Katie Summerell Bernard is the sales
manager for Cypress Bend Golf Resort
Conference Center, married and lives in
Amy Marie Slayter Hale is a mathematics
instructor at LSU at Alexandria, married and
lives in Pineville.
Robert Lee Browning is a percussionist for
the U.S. Air Force Band of the West and lives
in San Antonio, Texas.
Laura Catherine West is an instructor of the
arts at Dansaton Dance Center and lives in
Mary F. Gates Guin is a medical social
worker at Kennewick General Hospital,
married to Jerrod Cane Guin ('02) and lives
in Richland, Wash.
Pamela Dorris Freeman is a medical
technologist in microbiology at Christus St.
Francis Cabrini Hospital, married to Garrett
Steven Freeman ('00) and lives in Otis.
David D. Morgan Jr. is a regional vice
president for Association Member Benefits
Advisors, married to Leslie Kaylo Morgan
('01) and lives in Michigan.
Leslie Kaylo Morgan is a sixth grade teacher
married to David D. Morgan Jr. ('01) They
are expecting their first child in late August.
Chris Rondeau is an instructor at Bossier
Parish Community College and lives in Plain
Shannon Carol Williams Cox is a project
coordinator at Louisiana Technical College in
Natchitoches, married and lives in
Cecil Sprague III is employed by Halliburton
as an accountant and is currently working in
Jamie Marie Frasier is a graduate assistant at
the University of Arkansas and lives in
Jeremiah Hunter Newsom is a first year
student at LSU Health Science Center,
married to Marion Yelverton Newsom ('03)
and lives in Shreveport.
Mindy Cole Mixon Hinderberger is a
recruitment specialist for Clinical One.
married and lives in Austin, Texas.
'35 Frances Carroll Hagler, February 5,
•35 Mack Buddy Maxwell, Sr.
'38 James Earl Hilborn. Shreveport
'42 Elizabeth Burford Dady Pabody,
January 1 , 2004, Shreveport
'48 Frank M. Lampkin, Bossier City
'50 Patsy Powell Graves, Gulfport, Miss.
'52 Richard Lewis Carly. September 20,
'63 James R. Machen, November 1 , 2003,
'89 Caria Beth Lofton Keeley
Patsy Barnes, October 23, 2003, Metairie
David Vernon Dupree, January 15, 2004,
Carrie Lee Christian, January 19, 2004,
Chlotilde Onie Brown Ordoyne,
December 22, 2003. Ponchatoula
Wiley L. Osborne. January 16. 2004,
Corrie V. Perry, February 7. 2004,
Mary Janet Ray Shockley, December 10.
Ralph M. Young, December 6, 2003,
Mary Esther Roberson, former
associate professor of home
economics passed away on November
24, 2003. Miss Roberson served on
the home economics faculty from
1951 until her retirement in 1975. She
taught clothing and textiles and
sponsored the Euthenics Club. She
was a charter member of Beta Kappa
Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma
Society International. She made her
home in Arcadia after retiring from
Riley (R.J.) Stoker, past president of
the NSU Alumni Association passed
away on January 8, 2004. Stoker was a
1932 graduate of Northwestern. He
was a principle in Sabine Parish
before becoming state director of
school food services and commodity
distribution for the state of Louisiana.
He was inducted into both the
Northwestern State University Athletic
Hall of Fame and the Louisiana High
School Athletic Association
Coaches'Hall of Fame.
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Class Notes /Profiles
Softball celebrates 25 years
Northwestern State University's softball team has reached
a milestone in its history. The team celebrates its ZS"" year
anniversary this season, taking time to reflect on teams from
the past and look ahead to teams of the future.
In 1979, head coach Pam Carey went 10-14 with the first
ever softball team at NSU. Back then, the team played at
Highland Park on Texas Street. These days, the softball team
calls the Demon Diamond home. The current softball park is a
1,000 seat facility that has gone through major renovations
over the past year and will continue to change until it is one of
the best facilities in the Southern Conference.
Carey stayed with the Lady Demons for a year and was
followed by Debra Pheil in 1980, whose team record was 11-
15. In 1981, James Smith began coaching the team where he
accomplished a winning season streak for three years. Coach
Smith still remains on NSU's athletic staff and serves as head
coach of the Lady Demon basketball team.
"When 1 coached, kids played two or three sports, now it's
more specialized," said Smith. "I was lucky to find someone
who pitched fast, now they have four or five strong pitchers on
The NSU softball team won their
first Southland Conference
Championship in 1991 under Rickey
McCalister. The team's overall record
in the Southland Conference was 18-5.
Players Rhonda Rube and Ginger
Craig were named 1991 NCAAAll-
Americans, one of the greatest honors
a college athlete can accomplish. The
university has since retired both of the
Another six years went by before the softball team would
win another Southland Conference title. In 1998, Gay
McNutt's team captured the SLC Championship and competed
in the NCAA Softball Tournament. McNutt would go on to
win the SLC Championship in 1999 and 2000. For the first
time in history, the NSU softball team was 3-peat champs.
Ty Singleton coached the Lady Demons for the 2001 and
2002 seasons. His team picked up another SLC Championship
and appeared at the NCAA tournament.
In 2003, Eileen Schmidt took over the role as head coach
where she hopes to return the girls to -a championship season.
"There's a rich tradition of strong softball here at
Northwestern and I'm hoping to continue that throughout the
Southland Conference and the region," said Schmidt.
The first weekend in April, the softball team will host a
25-year reunion inviting past players and coaches who
participated in the program.
Can you guess the names of the 1953-1954 Student Council officers? If so, please contact the Office of Alumni
Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. The first five people to call with the correct answers will win a prize!
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